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Burns & McDonnell Kansas City Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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  • Work/life balance can be challenging at times (in 32 reviews)

  • Regularly expected to work long hours (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Construction Superintendent"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Construction Superintendent in Kansas City, MO
    Current Contractor - Construction Superintendent in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very organized, good people, great office space

    Cons

    At this time I don't see any cons


  2. Helpful (12)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation, ESOP, benefits, facilities, culture, growth. Our ESOP is in the top 0.1% of ESOPs in the US and the retirement plan is top 1%. Employee turnover is extremely low because of this.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be challenging at times. We are not a hire and fire firm, so we staff very lean. During busy periods it is common to work 60+ hrs/week and weekends.

    Advice to Management

    I have observed that as we grow we are continuing to roll out new internal processes and procedures that have significantly cut into our efficiency. As a PM, it takes 25% more time to do my job now, as compared to five years ago. The problem with this is that we can't raise our price or we won't win the work, and we aren't willing to accept slimmer margins, so the burden falls on the PM to work longer hours just to get back to even. I worry that we are burning out a lot of good people. I believe we have over corrected a problem that might not have even been a problem. I just hope we can find a way to swing the pendulum back to the middle in regards to new rules, procedures, and processes. But perhaps this is just a byproduct of a rapidly growing business.

  3. "So far, so good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I really enjoy the team I work with, as well as the multitude of opportunities to volunteer to give back to the community. I feel BMac does a great job in keeping employee moral high. The benefit package is unparalleled and the opportunities for career growth are phenomenal. This is definitely a company you can have a career at and retire from.

    Cons

    The only thing I don't agree with is the requirement of working 45 hours weeks.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Worst job ever"

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    Former Employee - Billing Clerk in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Billing Clerk in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Health insurance was good

    Cons

    Always pushing you to give money to some charity or event of the month. It was expected. Nauseating weekly email from CEO about how great his personal life was.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourselves. You are not God.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Ok company If you drink the kool-aid, kiss behind, give up your free time, life, hobbies and first born child."

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free stuff, free beer, pancakes, caters really good food
    In very often. Elevators, walking trail. I️ really can’t think of anything else. Nothings good about this company.

    Cons

    Management, COMPENSATION (not a livable wage), manager lies a lot and thinks you’re an idiot. Huge disconnect with managers and project team. Work life balance is horrible. If you you work 8-5, just think
    Of that as your base office hours because they will
    Expect you to stay way past this time.

    BEWARE of this company trying to lie to you about the ESOP and benefits. There are companies with way better benefits and that ESOP is a joke. Everyone there looks like zombies with no life left. They’re all sitting around waiting to cash out on that ESOP and retirement money to enjoy while they’re living in hospice care from
    Being so old.

    This place is a joke and I’m glad I️ got away!!!

    NOT A DIVERSE COMPANY AT ALL!

    Advice to Management

    Take some classes on how to connect with all backgrounds.

    Try servant leadership


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - great environment
    - great people to work with
    - hard working culture where everyone pulls their weight
    - exciting projects in all different industries
    - great retirement package

    Cons

    - 401k could be better
    - in general, the billable hour culture has some negatives


  7. "Staff Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Designer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Staff Designer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    ESOP, ESOP, ESOP, Benefits, Profit Share

    Cons

    Can be hectic at times due to busy workloads

  8. Helpful (5)

    "If you're not in the club, you're out."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Project Man in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Man in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Travel (in you're in to that). OK bonus.

    Cons

    Old, Stuffy Management. Glorified "Boys Clubs." You are not an employee-owner, you're a number. Low, low, low, low salaries. Overpriced benefits. Travel. No work/life balance. "Kool-aid" drinkers.

    Advice to Management

    This isn't the 1980's anymore, stopping managing like it. We get it, you're rich and we're not. Ditch the CEO before he tanks the company.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Burns & Mac"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Department Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Assistant Department Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Burns & McDonnell is a company where personal and professional growth are encouraged. Success is measured by how many other people you are able to make successful. The employee-owner culture sets the tone for a client focused mentality. People work hard because they trust and respect those around them. It is a challenging place to work, but it is a great place to build a rewarding career.

    Cons

    Hard work is built in to Burns & McDonnell's culture. With today's "I want it now" mentality, the conservative approach to promotions may feel unfair to some. If you are in it for yourself, and don't trust that you are in a good spot, you will struggle to understand long term growth and value.

    Advice to Management

    Facilitate networking and interactions with others as much as possible. As Burns & McDonnell grows, the culture that makes the company great is at risk of degrading if the company segregates itself.


  10. "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people and hard working coworkers.

    Cons

    Flat structure. Employees are given increasing responsibilities with lack of compensation or recognition.


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